Gender Role Theories Theory Major premises Conflict or Functionalist? Ideas for social change Physiological Men and woman have different strengths from genetics, these strengths define their roles. functionalist Educate society of the differences in males and females, emphasizing the strengths in both. Sociobiological Gender traits are naturally inherited traits that are passed down through natural selection that increase chance of reproduction. These traits create gender rolls. functionalist Changing the ideals that men and women look for in mates. After many generations this would change the traits that develop gender rolls into equilibrium. Structural functionalism Morals are developed by a societal consensus, which puts the society in a state of equilibrium. The natural differences between genders map out gender rolls. functionalist By accurately informing the public of the inequality between each genders roll, it would be possible to change the societal consensus and thus changing morals for the better. Liberal
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This note was uploaded on 05/07/2008 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Shotwel during the Spring '08 term at Ivy Tech Community College.